On Thursday 25th January, Derby welcomed a delegation of officials and businesses from the city of Kolkata in West Bengal.

The visitors met Councillors, officers and business leaders from the city to sign a memorandum of understanding and also tour a variety of businesses around the city.

Building links with overseas markets is in line with one of our 50 key Pledges and doing so is a vital part of guaranteeing the future economic prosperity of the city. We have already established a strong link with Hefei in China in the past couple of years and we hope the link with India will prove as successful. We have an ambitious vision for our future where jobs and businesses are growing and we have the infrastructure to create a city for the future.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Finance and Governance said:

“It was fantastic to host the delegation in Derby and show them what we have to offer. We are committed to exploring the opportunities a partnership brings, opening doors to joint business ventures and inward investment, creating opportunities in education, culture and tourism and also creating lasting friendships. There were plenty of positive discussions held during the day and I look forward to seeing some of the ideas take shape over the coming months and years.”

David Pearson, Director of Partnerships and Membership Services, East Midlands Chamber, said:

“This was a very successful trade mission and it was great to welcome the delegation to Derby. East Midlands Chamber, in conjunction with Derby City Council, was delighted to sign an agreement with the Indian Chamber of Commerce which paves the way for an increased flow of international trade between our region and Kolkata and the West Bengal region of India.”

It has bee agreed with Dr Rajeev Singh, Director General of the Indian Chamber of Commerce that, as a first step, both parties will identify ten local businesses that will benefit from finding partners in the overseas country.

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port.